kassner (1385) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well I don’t know what to say. This beer is so balanced as to defy definition. Great looks with dark brown color, nice head modest malt aromas, and plenty of body. Not really Hoppy but sufficient and clean at the finish, a really well made ESB if it needs a definition.
scoth (546) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours inky dark brown with a thin tan head, very fine lacing, moderate retention. Spicy aroma, allspiece, ginger, clove, toast, chocolate, oak, and grass. Medium full body, low carbonation. Lightly sweet, a hint of citrus, gentle bitter finish with some lingering spicy flavors. Too over-spiced in my opinion.
Matt_Foran (69) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing aroma right off the bat of malty, chocolate, pine. Pours black with a tan head. On the first taste, you can pick up the malts, chocolate flavors from the nose. Lingers for a bit on the nose. Very fantastic beer!
wedgie9 (2243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours almost completely black with an average brown head that leaves thin lace. The nose is malty chocolate with plenty of cardamom, vanilla, baking spices, and cocoa nibs. The flavor is malty and sweet with chocolate and vanilla up front, moving to some cocoa nib bitterness, with the cardamom and baking spices really dominating. The body is full with average carbonation and a long bitter baking spice and roasted finish.
williamstome (1053) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful black pour, brown head. Holy shit, the nose. Aroma of prunes, chocolate, spices, yeast, mint and ginger snaps. Flavor of ginger snaps, prunes, dark fruit, roastiness, chocolate and alcohol, with a big minty start and a spicy finish.
andrewje41 (804) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 Oz bottle pour shared. What a great way to end a work day. Pours black with a swirly tan head. Really nice holiday like spices aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon, with no doubt. Flavor is consistent with the aroma. Very easy drinking spice flavor with a bit of raisin as well. So delicious. Loved it.
jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, super dark brown coloured body with a very rich, luscious deep brown head, only about a centimetre tall, all with a faint violet and deep brown glow - very nice looking. Aroma of alcohol, spice, cinnamon, canella, nutmeg, cardamom, roasted malt, yeast and coffee - very nice also. Full-bodied; Super rich flavour of roasted malt, alcohol, caramel, earth, prunes, pine, spruce, chocolate, yeast and then a bunch of light spice notes hit the end - very nice indeed. Aftertaste shows a bunch of sugars with chocolate and raisins hitting hard and a good robust yeast and malt profile to finish out the beer - this is nice and well-rounded. Overall, I’m usually not a proponent to Stone and their million Imperial IPAs, but this is truly a great beer - rich, assertive, complex and rarely - not a hop-centric beer. Without a label, you’d think it’s another brewing company, but this is well worth finding if you can still get it - a great product! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 26-December-2012 for US$8,99 sampled at home in Washington to celebrate running a marathon yesterday in Maryland on 30-November-2014.
bubblehouse (546) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the best aromas on a beer. Not my favorite tasting with a bit of a funky after taste.
kbudd19 (752) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle about two years old now. Thick dark black pour with mocha head, looks like a big imperial stout. Aroma is loaded with spices, clove, nutmeg, chocolate and gingerbread. Taste is spices, followed by bitterness, some gingerbread like flavour and some light sweetness with a bitter dry finish, no hint from the booze, mouthfeel and carbonation are medium. Overall it’s an interesting beer perhaps a bit muted from the age but very smooth with no harshness from the spices it’s maybe a bit one dimensional from the spices but overall pretty decent.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a small creamy khaki colored head that has good retention. Aroma has a big dose of clove and nutmeg, with hints of cinnamon, allspice, gingerbread, floral sweetness, fruitcake, burnt dark sugar and fig. Taste has big flavors of clove, cinnamon, gingerbread cookie, nutmeg, allspice. Tastes like Christmas in a glass. The finish lingers charred malt, candied orange and sweet figs. Medium body with low carbonation that leads to a slightly foamy feel and a smooth finish.
Salmoniform (1092) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to Glass. Dark hue with brown head. Aroma is clove, cinnamon, cereal, toast. Mouthfeel is ok with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with a spice astringent finish. Overall this is an intense brew and is quite over-spiced.